Manchester, NH Flood, Mar 1936

Police Marooned.

Inspectors Welch and Armstrong became marooned in Amoskeag last night when they came upon a washout big enough to hold a house. The station, through radio, gave the men instructions and they were finally able to make their way to this city.

“The radio has paid for itself since last night” Deputy O’Neil said today. All police officials were of the same opinion and it was stated that the police never would have been able to accomplish what they did without the aid of the shortwave system.

From an early hour last night, police were warning residents along the Merrimack and Piscataquog rivers to flee their homes.

About an hour before police attempted to rescue the Kemas, Sgts. Mortimer Shea and Harbour succeeded in rescuing another family living on Groux Island. Mr. and Mrs. Michael Leinsing of Christopher street.

Local police sped to Goffs Falls this afternoon answering an urgent call from the Elms where Mr. Coldwell, injured sometime ago in a skiing accident, was marooned in the house and in danger.

Manchester Leader and Evening Union, Manchester, NH 20 March 1936


Bear on Ice Cake, Two Leopards Cling To Menagerie Roof

Two hundred animals of the Manchester zoo have perished in the flood waters of the Piscataquog but three remain alive and are facing certain doom.

The three are a pet bear and two leopards. The bear is on a cake of ice, jammed against one of the flooded buildings in that vicinity while the leopards are on the roof of the zoo crouching in fear and terror. The animals will either drown or die of starvation as access to them is impossible.

Leandre Charbonneau owner of the zoo was refused permission to make an attempt to save them. To do so would bring almost certain death to himself, he was informed.

Manchester Leader and Evening Union, Manchester, NH 20 March 1936